Merck Forest Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews

Merck Forest Trail is a 4.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Dorset, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1184 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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3 days ago

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2 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Merck Forest has a great system of trails, Antone Mountain has nice views from the summit, and there are several other trails that have nice views of the valleys to the east and west. Some of the trails are quite challenging. There are also a number of educational offerings focusing on maple syruping, farming and there are plenty of livestock to watch. There are also nice rustic cabins and a lodge to rent. Great place to spend a day.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gorgeous view from Mount Antone overlook.

hiking
Thursday, March 24, 2016

All of Merck Forest and Farmland Center's trails are open year-round for hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Our trail system, with over 30 miles of trails on 3,100 acres of land, is well-marked, and the trail terrain is variable: some loops cover easy-to-moderate terrain (great options for family treks), while other trails are steeper and rocky (more-suited to the experienced hiker). Many trails go through the forest, around the farm, travel along streams, and include beautiful views of the Taconic and Adirondack Mountains.
the visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the staff is always friendly and helpful with trail recommendations.

hiking
Sunday, March 13, 2016

Monday, May 25, 2015